Campus Safety Advisory Board Meeting Minutes
March 25, 2003
There were 11 participants.
The meeting began at approximately 4:05 pm in the Counseling Center Group Room.
Our last meeting of this academic year began with a big thank you to everyone who made the Advisory Board meetings so productive this year. To show appreciation, Dorothy handed out special Certificates of Appreciation.
Dorothy brought a patriotic basket and prayer requests slips and encouraged the members to fill out their requests that will be forwarded to the chaplain.
The meeting started out with a recap of issues from this academic year. Randy spoke briefly about his involvement: 105 smoke detectors had been installed replacing outdated equipment; two surveillance cameras were added to VL and VI lots; recording equipment had been upgraded; a CD burner had been incorporated making our system an all-digital system. Randy logged 160 hours of recording incidents this year. Other advances include: memory had also been upgraded for the ID Computer; emergency exit lighting was installed at the Bandshell and replaced at Panhellenic and Dell; Kensington safety security locks were installed on LCD projectors. Don Huie mentioned equipment in Humanities room 102 that required special locks. Randy will follow up. Mavra Kear wanted to know the procedure for moving equipment (projectors) from a room. Randy said John Thomas should be contacted as he tracks the equipment and has the keys needed to remove the locks from the projectors. Mary Haselier wanted to know what building Randy would be upgrading next on smoke detectors and he said he did not know at this time.
Roberta Anderson-Barnes said it was the first time in 5 years that the Department of Health did a surprise inspection. The inspector said he had just come from Southeastern College. FSC passed inspection. Randy set Roberta's fears at ease when the fire extinguishers were in compliance. The inspections are done every 6 months with the report of the inspection going to Terry Dennis. Dorothy wanted to get a copy of the report so that any safety issues could be addressed right away.
Dorothy has scheduled a walk around campus on April 8 at 7:00 pm with the Lakeland Police Department to address any lighting concerns on campus. Jeff had a concern about the lighting between Beerman Tennis Courts and east of Bldg. 19 in the grassy area coming up the stairs. At a previous meeting, a student mentioned poor lighting the area at the south most walkway going from Columbia Way to the Wellness Center.
The addition of parking at VP lot has helped. The question was asked if Safety should do a comparison of the parking at other colleges and several people in the meeting felt that this would not be effective. Jeff felt that a flyer on parking costs in comparison to FSC parking costs could be given at the time of a ticket appeal.
Don said that relining parking was done not that long ago. He said it was an expensive process. They did touch up relining as needed. The city of Lakeland takes care of any street lining. He felt we would be better off with no spaces lined in the streets as more cars could park there, as the spaces made were too generous for most vehicles.
There was a brief discussion about how visitor parking was handled by some departments on campus. Special hangtags are handed out through the Business Office or Safety. Faculty allowing guest speakers to park in faculty spaces with special visitor passes seemed reasonable to everyone in the meeting. How to obtain special visitor hangtags should be mentioned in the Wright Word.
Jeff said that motorcycle parking was not in great demand on campus and there was a lack of funding for a secured parking space just for motorcycles.
The Eyes and Ears Campaign began their marketing with two meetings already under their belts. Jeff, Megan and other C.A.S.T. members will be instrumental in this campaign.
Operation Propped Door has had some resistance especially by a sorority group whose pillow was taken for propping a door open. Several suggested fines might be a more effective way of dealing with this issue. Marva worried that it was too labor intensive to monitor this program. Residence Life is fining for other violations. Jeff felt the implementation of fines etc. should be with Residence Life to follow up on what the Safety Officers log as infractions. Tim felt they would prop anyway and thought if they used items to prop the doors the items should not be returned. Steeper fines for all people living in the buildings committing the infractions might be an effective way of dealing with this problem. Jeff also thought it should be the RA's responsibility to make sure all doors and windows were secured in their building. Safety could follow Residence Life procedure in returning items at the end of the semester. The process will be worked out with Residence Life staff before the intensive campaign in the fall.
Dorothy brought up the possibility of restricting certain lots as No Freshman Parking in the fall. Don Huie mentioned this was done in the past. Special hangtags for freshman would be issued to differentiate between the students. We are changing from hangtags to static cling parking permits for the back windows.
Megan mentioned the Safe Ride Home program currently being used to get FSC students safely back to campus may not be working as it was intended. In some cases it is taking 1 to 1 1/2 hour to get a ride home. Dorothy said that SGA needs to know about this and it would be helpful to have specific examples of the problems. Jeff said he would check into this.
If any of the Advisory Board members have suggestions for goals for next year or other safety concerns, please email or call Dorothy.
The meeting adjourned at 5:03 pm.